>> Dries van Noten was honored today in New York by the Fashion Institute of Technology's Couture Council, but he's not letting the newfound recognition (he received the CFDA's International Designer of the Year award last year) go to his head, he tells The Moment; he will never be one of those designers who rely on their star power: "I think I tell enough about myself when I make my clothes and when I show them. I don’t need people to buy clothes for who I am; I prefer them to buy things that I create. I don’t want to hide myself — I think I am actually quite open about a lot of things. But my private life has to stay my private life."
Would he do a line for H&M? »
He prefers his business to stay small and independent.
"There is not one paillette or one yarn of knitwear that goes out before I’ve seen it. It’s actually the fun part of the job. I think it would be a pity if the company becomes so big that I have to give direction to my creative team because I’m busy traveling and showing myself at a lot of events."
And accessories will stay accessories, rather than taking over the label.
"I like to make clothes so I don’t need to expand enormously my accessory business. For me an accessory is what the word suggests — an accessory. Clothes are 93 percent and 7 percent is shoes and bags, and I would like to keep it that way."
He's against collaborating with Zara, Uniqlo, H&M . . .
"Not so often, but there are enough inspired garments in those stores to last for a long time. They can survive without me."
... But not against dressing Britney Spears for a tour.
"Why not? Kylie Minogue and Madonna are also possibilities, why not? I think that popular culture is part of the world and something else that needs to be looked at and interpreted in whatever way works for you."